No doubt, Qualcomm is a leading mobile chip manufacturer and its current flagship SD865 is doing quite well. This chip is one of the most sorted processors for flagship phones as have been its previous flagship chips. The company is expected to release the successor (Qualcomm SD875) to this chip later this year and it will be Qualcomm’s first 5nm SoC.
As usual, we do not have to wait until the official launch date to get an idea of what the upcoming Qualcomm SD875 will offer. A recent leak shows that the Snapdragon 875 uses the codename “SM8350” and will come with the X60 5G modem-RF system. What we do not know is whether Qualcomm will choose to integrate the 5G modem or make it optional. Following current market trends, Qualcomm will most likely follow the embedding route.
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Well, since the Qualcomm SD875 uses the 5nm manufacturing process, we expect to see some upgrade in performance. However, we do not know the exact performance increase that it will have relative to the Snapdragon 865 SoC. Nevertheless, there are reports that this chipset will be manufactured by TSMC.
Qualcomm SD875 specifications
Taking a look at the specifications, this chip will come with a Kryo 685 CPU built on Arm v8 Cortex technology. It will also use an Adreno 660 GPU, Adreno 665 VPU, and Adreno 1095 DPU. Furthermore, this chipset will use Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU250), Spectra 580 image-processing engine, and Snapdragon Sensors Core Technology.
The report also shows that the Qualcomm SD875 will come with Compute Hexagon DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and Hexagon Tensor Accelerator. It will support Quad-channel package-on-package (PoP) high-speed LPDDR5 SDRAM as well as a low-power audio subsystem combined with Aqstic Audio Technologies WCD9380 and WCD9385 audio codec.
For connectivity, Qualcomm SD875 supports external 802.11ax, 2×2 MIMO, and Bluetooth Milan. This chipset also supports 3G/ 4G/ 5G modem – Millimeter wave (mmWave) and sub-6 GHz bands.
If Qualcomm is able to maintain its usual annual release at its year-end conference, the SD875 should arrive in December. However, nothing is certain for now due to the coronavirus pandemic which is crippling production.